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amfAR MSM Initiative

A grants programme that supports community-based efforts to reduce the spread and impact of HIV/AIDS among gay men, other MSM and transgender individuals in the developing world.

The impact

Kent Klindera, amfAR, on the impact of the MSM InitiativeKent Klindera, amfAR, on the impact of the MSM Initiative

Within amfAR we ask our grantees to provide regular progress reports. We are tracking several indicators of the number of gay men, other MSM and transgender individuals who are reached. Throughout our entire initiative we have now reached almost a million MSM, providing support and reducing the challenges they face in their everyday lives. We’re very encouraged by the number of individuals we’ve reached thus far. We’re also very encouraged by how the projects we’ve supported are being scaled up – it means we’re having a real and sustainable impact in these communities that will continue to grow.

Key Facts

Project name: 
MSM Initiative

Run by:
amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research

Region:
Asia Pacific

Population:
Gay men, other men who have sex with men (MSM), and transgender individuals

Challenges:
Stigma and discrimination; criminalisation; lack of access to health services

Activities:
Supporting community-based organisations; funding research; advocating for increased global attention and funding for HIV/AIDS programmes specific to MSM; supporting epidemiological, demographic and policy research to inform more effective prevention efforts in these communities.